Teach your dog well
Teach your dog appropriate behavior. Don’t teach your dog to chase after or attack others, even in fun. Your dog can’t always understand the difference between play and real-life situations. Set appropriate limits for your dog’s behavior. Don’t wait for an accident. The first time your dog exhibits dangerous behavior towards any person, seek professional help from your veterinarian, an animal behaviorist, or a qualified dog trainer.
Your community animal care and control agency or humane society may also offer helpful services. Dangerous behavior toward other animals many eventually lead to dangerous behavior toward people, and is also a reason to seek professional help.
Be a responsible dog owner
License your dog as required by law, and provide regular veterinary care, including rabies vaccinations. For everyone’s safety, don’t allow your dog to roam alone. Make your dog a member of your family: Dogs who spend a great deal of time alone in the backyard or tied on a chain often become dangerous. Dogs who are well socialized and supervised are much less likely to bite.
Err on the safe side
If you don’t know how your dog will react to a new situation, be cautious. If your dog may panic in crowds, leave your dog at home. If your dog overreacts to visitors or delivery or service personnel, keep him in another room. Work with professionals to help your dog become accustomed to these and other situations. Until you are confident of your dog’s behavior, however, avoid stressful settings.
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